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The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

A round-up of last week’s art world tittle-tattle

2 May 2017
Hermann Nitsch (detail)

Beauty and the (dying) beasts

A dead bull is causing trouble in Tasmania, while Damien Hirst has been accused of mass murder (of houseflies)

28 Apr 2017

The nude Archimedes making trouble in Hampshire

A naked statue of Archimedes has provoked a complaint in an English village

25 Apr 2017
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The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

A round-up of last week’s art world tittle-tattle

25 Apr 2017
Macron à Mont-Sainte Victoire

The French presidential candidates avoiding French art

Pluralist Emmanuel Macron came under fire for saying he’s never seen any French art

21 Apr 2017

A bundle of bungles at the Museum of Failure

A museum dedicated to disastrous products and ideas is set to open in Sweden

21 Apr 2017

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Luke Skywalker’s cereal box collection; Alex Jones’s ‘performance art’; Nice’s accidental Yves Klein art trail; and a reason to look forward to 8 June…

19 Apr 2017
Fountain (1917), Alfred Steiglitz, Published in The Blind Man (No. 2).

The art world goes potty for Duchamp’s urinal

A sprinkling of subversive celebrations to mark the centenary of Duchamp’s urinal

14 Apr 2017

Pierce Brosnan picks up the paintbrush

The former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan is to exhibit his paintings in Paris

13 Apr 2017
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The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Eduardo Paolozzi’s comedy moment; cooking with Georgia O’Keeffe; and at home with Klaus Biesenbach

12 Apr 2017

How street art became a hobby for posh kids

Instagram promotion, protests daubed in Latin… graffiti is starting to look like a genteel pastime

8 Apr 2017

The painful practice of cashing in on the Crucifixion

The clergy in Manchester have condemned a wheeze to sell crucifixion experiences

7 Apr 2017
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The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

The pick of last week’s art world tittle tattle – including the best April fools

4 Apr 2017

The unlikely art of the beer bottle

How beer art went from a Gilbert & George lager bottle to museums opening their own beer gardens

1 Apr 2017

A short history of (pretty dreadful) football statuary

The Cristiano Ronaldo bust is the latest in a tradition of bad football sculptures

31 Mar 2017
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The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Rachel Whiteread on her publicity-hungry peers, plus the rest of the week’s art world tittle-tattle

28 Mar 2017

Shia LaBeouf waves the white flag (again)

The actor relocated his anti-Trump installation to Liverpool this week only to be hoisted by hooligans once more

24 Mar 2017

George Osborne MP. And editor. And banker. And art lover?

Perhaps George Osborne is good news for the Evening Standard’s culture pages

23 Mar 2017
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The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Gilbert & George RA; Giles Coren, art historian; and Mary Beard takes aim at the Vatican Museums

21 Mar 2017
L'Eldorado (c. 1906), Walter Sickert

Take note, Patricia Cornwell. There are better ways to splash $6 million on Walter Sickert

The Sickerts that Patricia Cornwell could have bought for the $6 million she has spent ‘proving’ he was Jack the Ripper

17 Mar 2017
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The artists who dine out on their reputation

Damien Hirst is by no means the first artist to have done a doodle for a restaurateur

16 Mar 2017
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The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Howard Hodgkin’s acute eye for beach towels, plus Jack White and De Stijl

14 Mar 2017
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How Ivanka Trump’s art collection turned on her

Ivanka Trump’s love of contemporary art and artists has led to a backlash from artists and curators

12 Mar 2017
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The inky links between Ed Sheeran and Damien Hirst

A bromance is blossoming between Damien Hirst and the popstar Ed Sheeran

12 Mar 2017